With you gently I shall discuss
the present, your presents, your presence.
Words that stir me up and make me whole
There’s no tense like the past
the only better is the untense
of the now and how
we are at present.
“How I would have changed you!
I would have loved you, loved you, loved
you, cleaved and built and fenced us in,
forever and ever, us and
no one else, no, no one else,” you wrote.
And I reply, ah, yes that is true
while looking at my watch, calendar, future
and noting with the imperative of the presence tense:
You have changed, are changing, will always change me!
You have loved me, love me, love us
as we cleave and build and fence us in,
forever and ever, not to keep others out
but to keep us in, and in, and in, and in.
Your poem like all your poetry is a reflection
of now and hope and what burns brightest within
of what we are and will be and can begin
words that melted me and make me whole
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